R01 – Sebring – FIA WEC Race Report
PREMA Racing claims podium finish in Sebring FIA WEC opener Edit Subject.
PREMA Racing secured a brilliant podium finish in the opening round of the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship, the 1000 Miles of Sebring. Fielding two cars with all-new lineups for the first time, the team fought for victory until the very end and finished third with the #63 Oreca LMP2-class racecar driven by Mirko Bortolotti, Daniil Kvyat and Doriane Pin.
The #9 car and the trio of Andrea Caldarelli, Filip Ugran and Bent Viscaal had a more challenging race. The start showed a blistering pace and the car was soon back in the hunt for the top-5 or maybe even a podium, using a different strategy compared to the sister one. Unfortunately, early contact damaged the front splitter, which impacted the final result. Caldarelli, Ugran and Viscaal eventually wrapped up P8.
However, the potential pace proved impressive, which already lays good foundations for the second round of the year in mid-April at Portimao and for the rest of the season.
#9 – Filip Ugran
“I am very happy with the pace we had and with the work done by the team. Unfortunately, a contact made at the beginning of the race cost us a better result. I’m taking away a lot of good things and I’m looking forward to round 2 with really high expectations. Thank you very much PREMA Racing for the hard work during the winter and especially the last 2 weeks here in Sebring!”